On the eve of this year’s Tour de Fleece (TDF) I thought I should layout my intentions. This is my 4th year taking part in the event and is when most of my spinning happens.
If you don’t know, Tour de Fleece is a spinning fibre event that happens on Ravelry and/or Facebook. It runs alongside the Tour de France, with both events having challenge days and rest days. If you are interest, there is more information on the Ravelry page.
This year I am the team captain of a small group of ladies from the Highland Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers (#TeamHighlandGuild2021). This is our team’s 2nd year.
I like Tour de Fleece, it is a good opportunity to establish a routine of spinning as it runs from tomorrow, 26th June to 18th July, with a couple of scheduled rest days. You can spin as much or as little as you like.
You can join multiple teams but this year I am just going to join in with the general Facebook chatter and the Highland Guild team chat on Ravelry, so that there’s more spinning time and a bit less iPad/phone time.
At last year’s TDF I was doing the woollen spinning of the John Arbon Harvest Hues fibre. It is still not all spun yet, so that’s my main target. Based on the fibre remaining and 21 days spinning, I need to spin around 12.2g per day of this fibre to finish it during the event on my Ashford Traditional spinning wheel. This is my main goal…I really want to finish this!
I also have some BFL and Seacell fibre that I haven’t finished spinning yet. I have previously spun enough to make a pair of socks with it, but I thought the remainder I would spin a bit chunkier.
This year I will have 2 wheels on the go! So the BFL and possibly some breed yarns I will do on my Ashford Traveller and the John Arbon fibre finish on the Traditional.
There are two challenge days and for the life of me I can’t remember what I said I was going to spin on those 2 days! Hopefully I will find where I wrote it down, worst case I will make some other challenge plans. My Russian supported spindle doesn’t get much love so perhaps I could get some practice on that…if it gets warm enough to lie in my hammock I could even try spinning whilst in the hammock!! That would be a challenge indeed. I hope summer arrives properly so I can spin in the garden. 🤞🏻
Are you taking part? If so what team are you joining and what are your plans? Best of luck to the spinners out there.
*The Tour de Fleece picture is taken from Ravelry, but I don’t see a name to credit, but I don’t have the copyright, but believe we are allowed to use to blog about it.